Starting XI: L. Badiashile – Henrichs, Glik, B. Badiashile, Naldo, Serrano – Tielemans, Ait-Bennasser, Faivre – Lopes, Sylla
In the first game of the year at the Stade Louis II, Thierry Henry starts Rony Lopes to lead the Monegasque attack. The Rouge & Blanc want to earn their first win of 2019 in Canet and take control of the game. Th opportunities were clearly Monegasque (14′, 17′), but Rennes scored first thanks to Bourigeaud, who was close to being offside(30 ‘). Sylla and Lopes are close to equalizing but both teams enter the locker room with the score of 1-0 for the visitors.
The men of Thierry Henry continue working hard in the second half and are finally rewarded in the 55th minute of play. Julien Serrano went down the left side and addresses a sends a cross into the heart the penalty area. Rony Lopes is at the end of it and pushes the ball into the net of Koubek.
In spite of a big desire of the players of AS Monaco to win in regulation, the score will not change, and penalty kicks take place. The magic Loïc Badiashile, combined with fine execution when shooting, is the difference. Already the author of three saves, the goalkeeper scored the eleventh and last shot to win 8-7 on penalties. That sends the Red & Whites into the semifinal of the Coupe de la Ligue. Next match: Sunday with the trip to Marseille (L1 – J20).